Good Omens fans waited nearly three decades to see the novel come to life in Season 1 of the Amazon Prime show and another four years to see it continued in Season 2.
And while we are prepared to wait a few more years to see what’s next for the recently promoted archangel Aziraphale and his demonic sort-of-ex Crowley, it doesn’t mean the wait isn’t a little difficult, given the state of the industry and of queer TV.
So, if you’re at the edge of your seat waiting for the next chapter of this divine comedy-drama, here’s a round-up of what we know so far about Good Omens Season 3.
Good Omens Season 3 Is Going to Happen, One Way or Another
The third season of Good Omens is a sure thing — and no, this isn’t us being delusional.
Neil Gaiman, showrunner and one half of the writing duo that gave us the novel, is determined to see it through, saying, “I wouldn’t want to leave it mid-story.”
The only complication, really, is Amazon Prime and its pending renewal decision. The wait is all too familiar for queer TV shows, which tend to get disproportionately canceled (or, as in the particularly disheartening case of Amazon Prime’s original show, A League of Their Own, renewed and subsequently canceled).
One source of hope is the fact that the Good Omens set is completely intact, even a year after production ended. Part of the set was changed briefly to film the upcoming TV show (and fellow Gaiman production) Anansi Boys but was switched back to a Good Omens shop afterward. There’s no reason to put in that amount of work if the people behind the show aren’t serious about moving forward with the story.
But just in case something does happen and a televised Season 3 isn’t possible, Gaiman has said that he’s open to finishing the story as a novel, which means Season 3 would be in print form.
Just believe: Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ closer.
Good Omens Season 3 Is Going to Be the End (For Real)
In a separate Tumblr post, Gaiman has also promised that the planned and plotted final season “will take the story and the people in it [that] we care about to a satisfying end.”
Good Omens Season 3 Is Based on the Unwritten Sequel to the Novel
Season 3 of Good Omens is based on the unwritten sequel to the novel that was planned and plotted by Gaiman with the late Sir Terry Pratchett.
Some of the ways Season 1 differed from the novel can be linked to ideas that they had about the unwritten sequel, which would be explored in Season 3. Meanwhile, Season 2 was planned as a way to set up the events of Season 3 — or what Gaiman described as “the soft, gentler romance in the filling of the sandwich.”
But what is the unwritten sequel all about?
For starters, we know from a fan transcription of a 2005 speech by Neil Gaiman that the working title for the unwritten Good Omens sequel was “668 – Neighbour of the Beast.”
The Metatron gave us a second clue at the end of Season 2: It’ll be about The Second Coming.
Views on the matter of Jesus’ return to Earth differ from religion to religion, but in the planned novel, He is set to come down on “a big silver plane” alongside special agent-like angels with dark glasses and earpieces. At some point, Jesus will also get lost in America — more specifically, Times Square.
Aziraphale and Crowley will, of course, be in Season 3. But what exactly they would be doing in America is still a mystery.
There is a bit about Aziraphale watching the first two minutes of softcore pornography in a hotel room (and taking notes!). However, Gaiman has said that this scene might not make it to the final story, given that hotel rooms don’t tend to show that type of programming these days.
Whatever else Jesus and the Ineffable Husbands will be up to, it’s highly likely that the third and final season will explore a couple of things that were introduced in Season 2 but weren’t quite explored: The Book of Life and the Resurrection of the Dead. Both of these will likely be tied to the Second Coming.
The final couple of clues we do have are focused on Aziraphale and Crowley themselves, with the first being God’s narration in Season 1 about how the story of Good Omens “starts, as it will end, in a garden.”
Combine this with Gaiman mentioning a few times throughout the last couple of decades that Aziraphale and Crowley will be in South Downs at the end of the story, likely in their own cottage with a garden, and we have a well-loved piece of fandom lore and an image of the ending for our protagonists.
(Personally, my vision of their ending is in their South Downs cottage, having a late night sip of wine in their garden and looking up at the stars that remind them of how they first met.)
Corporate Greed Is Delaying Good Omens Season 3
With fans hungry, the story plotted, and the set ready to go, the remaining roadblock to getting Season 3 is the people at the top.
Some have said that the renewal announcement has been delayed because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, but it’s important to focus on the core cause: not the strikes themselves, but rather, the corporate greed that caused the strikes in the first place.
Gaiman, a member of the Writers Guild of America, has said that if he weren’t on strike, “I’d be writing it currently.” But he is on strike, and so are Michael Sheen and David Tennant, who are the show’s stars and are members of the SAG-AFTRA.
Until the studios negotiate towards a fair and equitable deal, however, Season 3 will definitely be delayed, and Gaiman will not be answering any questions about it.
We Can Help Make Good Omens Season 3 Happen
All that doesn’t mean that fans can’t help move things along. According to Gaiman, the three things we can do to help get Good Omens renewed are to:
- Watch Season 2 on Amazon Prime
- Get friends and family to start watching Good Omens Seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime
- Encourage Hollywood studios to negotiate with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.